Mike Costa has been a fixture in the DIY punk scene for more than 15 years, first as the drummer for Long Island ska-punk band Arrogant Sons Of Bitches and then later as the drummer for the wildly popular group Bomb The Music Industry!—but now, he has pulled a Dave Grohl and stepped out from behind the kit to front his first band, Binary Heart. The group’s debut full-length, Brighter Days, certainly has similarities with BTMI! (start with “Facades” if you need a sonic jumping-off point), but this isn’t just a simple retread: Costa’s lyrics are intensely personal and emotional, serving as a way to admit failures and then turn it into motivation (the album-closing combo of “Black Hole” and the title track will tear you down and build you right back up). Costa explains:
“Lyrically, this album was me getting over some monumental changes that have been in my life over the past two years and being extremely bummed out about it. But in the end, I realized the things that were haunting me were just trivialities. Life gets better. Things get better. Everything works out in the end.”
Binary Heart’s Brighter Days will be released on all digital platforms October 23; for more music, visit the band’s Bandcamp.
Binary Heart has a few gigs on the docket, including a set at the Fest 14 in Gainesville, Florida:
10/31 Gainesville, FL @ Durty Nelly’s (The Fest 14)
12/12 New Brunswick NJ @ Astrolounge